Expect fireworks this weekend in the Premier League as Man Utd face the daunting task of ending their poor recent run against bitter rivals Liverpool.
Can Ole catch a break against the high-flying Reds?
Read our preview of Man Utd vs Liverpool plus all the rest of the Premier League action below in our latest set of Premier League predictions.
Gameweek 9 – Man Utd vs Liverpool and the rest of this week’s predictions
Premier League Predictions 19/20 Gameweek 9
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
EVERTON VS WEST HAM, 12:30
The lowdown: The Toffees board have opted to retain their faith in Marco Silva – for the time being at least. Now the Portuguese needs to repay them by ending a run of three successive defeats. The Hammers will also be looking to turn a page after slipping up at home to Crystal Palace last time out. The away side have won two of the last four league meetings at Goodison.
Verdict: More home frustration for the Toffees. 1-1
Best Bet: Under 0.5 goals in the first half at 43/20.
BOURNEMOUTH VS NORWICH CITY
The lowdown: The international break couldn’t have been better timed for Norwich City after their heavy 1-5 drubbing against Aston Villa. Whether the break has done them good remains an open question. However, a Canaries side struggling defensively probably wouldn’t have picked an attacking Cherries outfit as their ideal next opponents. Bournemouth have won the last two meetings between the pair at the Vitality.
Verdict: Canaries to continue their slide. 3-1
Best Bet: Bournemouth to win from behind at 63/10.
ASTON VILLA VS BRIGHTON
The lowdown: Two teams that both enjoyed a huge shot in the arm with impressive wins before the international break and will be looking to keep up winning ways on Saturday. The last time these two sides met in league action saw a late Jack Grealish goal deny Brighton the 2016/17 Championship title with almost the last kick of the season in a 1-1 draw. Both would probably settle for a point again to avoid any loss of momentum.
Verdict: All square at Villa Park. 1-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and under 2.5 goals at 28/25.
CHELSEA VS NEWCASTLE UTD
The lowdown: Frank Lampard has seemingly found the right formula with Chelsea after four wins a row in all competitions. He’ll be looking to keep that record up against a Newcastle side without a win at Stamford Bridge since 2012. Steve Bruce silenced some of his critics by guiding the Magpies to a gritty 1-0 home win over Man Utd and has already pulled off a surprise result in London this season in the 1-0 away win at Spurs. Can he repeat the trick Saturday?
Verdict: The Blues to keep up their winning streak. 2-0
Best Bet: A draw in the first half and Chelsea to win at full time at 17/5.
LEICESTER CITY VS BURNLEY
The lowdown: The Foxes came almightily close, but ultimately left Anfield with nothing to show for their efforts as they gave Liverpool a scare last time. It’s Burnley up next for Brendan Rodgers, with the Clarets grinding out another stubborn victory against 10-men Everton in gameweek eight. Sean Dyche’s side proved too tough a nut to crack for the home side last year, holding out for a 0-0 draw.
Verdict: All three points for the Foxes. 1-0
Best Bet: Burnley to have the most corners at 79/10
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS WATFORD
The lowdown: Two teams at their lowest ebbs in recent seasons meet in North London looking for a win to revive their flagging seasons. Spurs were left shellshocked at the Amex as Brighton cruised to victory without needing to leave second gear. That result has left Mauricio Pochettino facing his first major wobble as Spurs manager – but they have the perfect opportunity to ease some pressure against winless Watford. The Hornets made life difficult last season for Spurs, taking a first-half lead, before a late double salvo from Spurs secured the home side victory. Poch would surely take a similarly nervy win to help calm nerves.
Verdict: Some brief respite at last for Spurs. 2-0
Best Bet: Tottenham Hotspur to win 2-0 at 7/1.
WOLVES VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown: After a slow start, Wolves are flying up the table. Recent form, culminating in a fearless 2-0 win at the Eithad, suggests last season’s heroics were no fluke. With no Europa League action holding them back, they have a chance to continue their recent upward trajectory against a Saints side struggling to find any rhythm this season. That said, Saints have shown a knack for snatching surprise wins against the run of play this season. Expect them to try and exploit any complacency from the home side.
Verdict: Wolves to see off struggling Saints. 2-1
Best Bet: The second half to have the most goals at 31/25.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS MANCHESTER CITY, 17:30
The lowdown: Man City will be looking to move on quickly from defeat against Wolves as they head to south London. Pep Guardiola’s side managed to hold their nerve in the run-in last season with a 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park. The history books look kind to City, who have won four of their last six trips to Croydon. Palace will be aiming for three wins on the bounce as they look to claim a major scalp.
Verdict: City to get back on track at Selhurst Park. 0-2
Best Bet: Manchester City to win by two goals at 59/20.
MAN UTD VS LIVERPOOL, 16:30
The lowdown: The game of the weekend comes from Old Trafford as the Man Utd vs Liverpool rivalry resumes. With Liverpool currently priced at 67/100 with Marathonbet in the Premier League winner odds, United will be desperate to check the Reds’ momentum as they continue their bid for a first ever Premier League trophy. Putting rivalries to one side, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply needs a morale-boosting moment to re-state his case for taking the Red Devils forward. The first goal here could be fascinating.
Verdict: The Reds to keep rolling on at the home of their rivals. 0-1
Best Bet: Under 0.5 goals on 20 minutes at 28/25.
SHEFFIELD UTD VS ARSENAL, 20:00
The lowdown: Expect Arsenal’s character to be called into question on Monday night as the Blades host a second ‘Big Six’ side in a row at Bramall Lane. Chris Wilder’s men showed they are no pushovers against Liverpool last month as the Reds edged to a nervy 1-0 win. The Blades could enjoy better luck against an Arsenal defence still capable of switching off at the just the wrong moment, although the Gunners have only lost to unbeaten Liverpool on the road so far this season.
Verdict: Arsenal to survive a tough away day. 1-3
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 41/20.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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